TWI Bulletin Archives

TWI Bulletin #37: Two CAL resources, summer conferences, FLAP grants and a new film (4/22/2009)

In this issue of the TWI Bulletin, CAL is pleased to announce two new resources on our Web site (one that we need your feedback on!), and we list lots of information about upcoming conferences. Don’t forget to scroll down for information on the recently announced FLAP grants and on a new film that features dual language students.


New TWI Resources from CAL

Resources for Spanish Language Arts Standards and Benchmarks (

This page provides links to Spanish language arts standards, benchmarks, and scope and sequence documents created by states, districts, schools, and other organizations in North America. Some address standards for Spanish learners, some for native speakers, and some for both. CAL posts these links as resources for dual language programs creating similar documents for their own use. We are very interested in your feedback on this page! If you know of a link that would be appropriate or you have a suggestion for improving the organization or content of the page, please e-mail Julie Sugarman at


Language of Initial Literacy Instruction in Two-Way Immersion Programs (

In response to numerous inquiries, CAL is posting a PowerPoint presentation that addresses the language used for initial literacy instruction and the benefits and drawbacks of separating students by native language for literacy instruction in the primary grades. This information (which is available from the site as a PDF file) was presented at several conferences in 2008 by the authors, Liz Howard and Julie Sugarman.


Dual Language Education Planning Retreats by DLeNM
May 28-29, 2009
Albuquerque, New Mexico


La Siembra (New Program Planning Retreat)

La Siembra involves two days of intensive training and planning for key stakeholder groups from schools that intend to start a dual language program in the next two years. The work will be organized around the Dual Language Program Planner: A Guide for Designing and Implementing Dual Language Programs.


El Enriquecer: A dual language program self-evaluation retreat

El Enriquecer is a retreat for existing programs to self-evaluate, identify areas for improvement, and develop action plans to strengthen and improve program implementation. The retreat involves two days of intensive training and planning for school teams using the Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education.

More information on both retreats is available at


IRC Announces its Annual Dual U Summer Institute (DUSI)
June 14–19, 2009
Santa Fe, New Mexico

The Illinois Resource Center (IRC) will once more offer a five day institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from June 14 to June 19, 2009 for teachers and administrators developing and implementing dual language/two-way immersion programs.  The training is intended for all dual language stakeholders: administrators, teachers, parents, and school board members.  DUSI offers two strands: The first is an introduction to the foundations and research behind dual language education; and the second is a trainer of trainers strand where participants will gain the expertise to use the Dual U curriculum as a professional development tool. 

IRC staff involved in DUSI include Cheryl Urow, John Hilliard, and Karen Beeman.  In addition, Cristina Sánchez-López and Barb Marler, also from the IRC, will make a special presentation on issues of special education and dual language.  Nancy Cloud, Fred Genesee, and Else Hamayan, authors of the text book that will be used, Dual Language Instruction, A Handbook for Enriched Education (Heinle and Heinle, 2000) will also be featured.

For further information, please contact Karen Beeman at or Nora Sandoval at, or call (224) 366-8541.


13th Annual World and Dual Language Symposium: Language, Culture, and the Dual/Foreign Language Experience
June 30-July 2, 2009
Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana

International Educational Consultants is offering their 13th annual world and dual languages symposium. Registration closes on April 30. The symposium is limited to 50 participants. For more information, download the flyer from


Two-Way CABE 17th Annual National Two-Way Bilingual Immersion Summer Conference
“Giving Voice to Bilingualism & Biliteracy”
July 6–9, 2009
Monterey Convention Center, Monterey, California

This year’s Two-Way CABE has a new format:

  • Day One (July 6): Pre-conference -- New Program Institutes; Review of research findings for administrators & program leads
  • Day Two (July 7): Methodologies and strategies for teaching the target language; grade-level networking meetings
  • Day Three (July 8): Methodologies and strategies for teaching English language development
  • Day Four (July 9): Best Practices for TWBI/DL Classrooms—Methods/Programs/Strategies

Registration and hotel information is available at Registration is limited to the first 1100 paid participants.


La Cosecha 14th Annual Dual Language Conference
November 18-21, 2009
Albuquerque (NM) Convention Center

Invited Speakers:
Paul Martínez * Natalie Olague * Jim Cummins * Stanley Lucero * Elena Izquierdo * Pauline Gibbons * Silvana Carlos * Else Hamayan * David Bautista * Rosie González * Christine Sims * Alma Flor Ada * Isabel Campoy * Regional Dual Language Educators

Call for Presenter Proposals:
Submit by: May 29, 2009

Registration and General Information:
Early Registration due by: June 15, 2009

Juried Exhibitor Proposals:
Submit by: July 13, 2009


FLAP Grants Announced April 21, 2009
U.S. Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition

Applications Available: April 21, 2009.
Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: May 11, 2009.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 27, 2009.
Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: July 27, 2009.

The Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP) provides grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) for innovative model programs providing for the establishment, improvement, or expansion of foreign language study for elementary and secondary school students. An LEA that receives a grant under this program must use the funds to support programs that show promise of being continued beyond the grant period and demonstrate approaches that can be disseminated to and duplicated in other LEAs. Projects supported under this program may also include a professional development component.

Note that competitive priority #3 relates to two-way immersion programs: “3. Projects that link non-native English speakers in the community with the schools in order to promote two-way language learning.”

For more information see the full announcement in the Federal Register.


New Film About Students in Immersion Education

PatchWorks Films has released a documentary, Speaking in Tongues, in competition at the prestigious San Francisco International Film Festival, with screenings in late April and early May in San Francisco. The film follows four diverse students and their families as they experience the delights and challenges of becoming fluent and literate in two languages.

For more information about the film, visit


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